Monday, 13 May 2013

Local Independents - Makers

Following on from 'Blaze' and 'Paper Scissors Stone', here is local independent installment #3 for your perusal.

'Makers' on Colston Street, Bristol has just celebrated it's first birthday. It was set up a little over a year ago by four friends -each with their own creative discipline, and like their neighbours at Blaze, they offer a beautiful selection of handmade textiles/jewellery/gifts and more.

Here are a few of my personal favourites from the store.

All of the above bags are made by Red Ruby Rose. I love this little gem of a coin purse, but the Liberty 'Peacock' silk lined clutch has to be my favourite -it is just exquisite and immaculately made.

This stunning bead trimmed cushion is made by local print maker Katie Wallis. The peacock motif is hand printed onto a lavender/olive iridescent silk dupion, and is so tactile I couldn't resist running my fingers across it.

The little crochet boots above are made by Babootska from pure Merino wool, and the 'Fossilized Plastic' accessories by Sue Gregor. I particularly like the hair combs -made using real flowers and leaves, they're so clean and contemporary looking.

They have a great selection of greetings cards available (I chose this hand printed card above by Annie Bell) and the shop also operates as a gallery space, showcasing dozens of beautiful prints/illustrations by local artists such as Freya Cumming's 'They sailed away'.

As well as a whole host of other goodies, Makers are now offering a series of craft workshops held on the mezzanine level in store. Further information can be found on their website. If you'd like to be kept up to date with the latest Makers news then check out their Facebook page, or subscribe to their blog.

Another great little store well worth a visit. Whether you're looking for a gift or just a little treat for yourself -you'd be hard pressed not to find something you'll fall in love with!

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